Hot Stone Massage
Hot Stone massage therapy combines
the benefits of hydrotherapy and thermalism (or thermotherapy – the use of heat
applications) with the strokes of massage using Stones to create a deep,
relaxing and healing treatment. The heat of the massage stones warms the
skin, which allows for the absorption of moisturizing and therapeutic oils,
while simultaneously preparing the musculature of the body so the massage
therapist can work into the deeper muscle layers.
The traditions and healing rituals
in which the hot massage stones were used included laying the hot massage
stones in patterns on the body, carrying or wearing stones for health and
protection, using hot massage stones in the diagnosis and treatment of disease
or during ceremonies such as sweat lodges or in medicine wheels.
Some native healers used hot
massage stones to ease the discomforts experienced during menstruation, or
applied cold massage stones to impede blood flow after giving birth. The
Roman Empire was noted for their creation of the Roman baths.
Many of these rituals still exist
today in the form of hydrotherapy practices and the use of saunas, hot
immersion baths, and marble Stone / cold pools.
More recently, it is
thriving today in many healing centres and spas.
of thermotherapy include:
• Increased local circulation
• Improved blood flow to
• Greater ability to transport toxins and waste products
from the area.
An ancillary benefit is that the massage stones
provide a wonderful tool that creates a sense of depth in the massage without
the extra wear and tear on the massage therapist’s hands.
Hot Stone Massage is a style of massage therapy in which
water-treated stones are placed at specific sites on the client's body to
promote relaxation and to help open up the merdians ( energy pathways). Muscles are pretreated with the heated stones to allow
the therapist to more easily perform deep tissue manipulations.
Cool stones are
sometimes used alternately with hot stones. Massage oils are usually
incorporated into the massage treatment.
Benefits of Hot Stone Massage
deep muscle and tissue relaxation
- Calms the
Health Conditions Treated with
Hot Stone Massage
aches and pains
- Back Pain